Julia Child’s Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

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Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
One of my favorite Chef Julia quotes is, “if you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” This Leek and Potato Soup, one of Chef Julia’s Master Recipes, is the perfect example of this tongue-in-cheek expression in action. Surprisingly simple and velvety smooth (and without the influence of butter), once you master this technique you’ll be able to create any soup your heart desires!

Adapted from Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking by Julia Child (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000). Copyright 2000 by Julia Child.

Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
Ingredients:
3 cups sliced leeks (white and tender green parts)
3 cups peeled and roughly chopped “baking” potatoes
6 cups water
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup heavy cream or half-n-half
1/2 cup sour cream or creme fraiche, for garnish, optional

Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
Julia’s No-nonsense Directions
Bring ingredients to the boil in a 3-quart saucepan. Cover partially and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Correct seasoning. Serve as is, or puree, and/or top each portion with a dollop of the cream.

For Cream of Leek and Potato Soup: After simmering the preceding soup, puree it and whisk in ½ cup heavy cream. Reheat to the simmer again before serving. Makes two quarts soup, about six entree servings.

Average Betty’s Step-by-Step
Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
Prepare potatoes. Peel and chop into cubes.
Prepare leeks. Remove tough, green tops. Slice tender white portion in half. Wash thoroughly. Remove root and chop.
Add chopped potatoes and leeks to large pot.
Add water, salt and bring to a boil.
Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 18-20 minutes or until leeks and potatoes are tender.
Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
Carefully ladle into blender and puree until smooth.
Return pureed mixture to pot over medium-low heat.
Correct seasonings and stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-n-half (if desired).
Serve piping hot with a dollop of sour cream, creme fraiche, chopped chives or parsley.

Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup
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